Stadium mk: MK Dons

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Milton Keynes Dons Football Club was officially founded in 2004 after the relocation of Wimbledon Football Club to Milton Keynes and the subsequent entering of the famous old club into administration. They initially played their games at the town’s National Hockey Stadium, eventually moving into Stadium mk in 2007.

The stadium itself began life without a club to play in it. No sooner had Milton Keynes been designated a new town did a consortium of businesses and businessmen envisage a football stadium for the place. It was first proposed in 2000 that a stadium be built, with offers made to a number of clubs such as Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Barnet.

Stats

Stadium mk Stats
Year Opened2007
Capacity30,500
Average Attendance8,785
Record Attendance28,127 (MK Dons v Chelsea (2016))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameDenbigh Stadium
OwnerInter MK
Clubs HostedMilton Keynes Dons F.C.
First FixtureMK Dons v Chelsea XI (18/07/2007)
MK Dons Stats
Year Founded2004
NicknameThe Dons
Club MascotDonnie, Mooie
RivalsPeterborough United, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Stevenage F.C., Luton Town
Previous StadiumsNational Hockey Stadium
KitWhite with Red (Home) / Red with White (Away) / Black with Red (Third)
Training GroundMK Dons FC Training Ground
Shirt SponsorSuzuki
Team OwnerPete Winkelman
Record GoalscorerIzale McLeod (62)
Record AppearancesDean Lewington (559)

Stadium mk Photos

Stadium mk Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By joshjdss (England Women's Vs USA) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Like with most modern stadiums, Stadium mk has a bowl design. It still has four separate stands, with three named after their geographical location and one named The Cowshed. The North Stand has two-tiers that house the away supporters, whilst The West Stand is the main stand in the ground and has the dressing rooms and managers’ dug-out. The Cowshed is where the most vocal MK Dons supporters sit and The East Stand has a pattern of ‘MK Dons’ on the seats.

MK Dons Ticket Prices

MK Dons do not categorise their matches, with the only things altering how much you'll pay for your tickets being your age and where in the ground you'd like to sit. With both match tickets and season tickets you can get hospitality packages for not much more than the price of normal tickets thanks to what they call 'Club Red' and 'Club Gold' packages.

Here are the cheapest and most expensive tickets for adults and concessions, not including hospitality packages

  • Adults: £22 - £27
  • Concessions: £17 - £22

How To Get MK Dons Tickets

You can get tickets through the club’s official website, by calling the ticket office directly, by calling in to the box office at the stadium or at thecentre:mk.

Where to Buy

Getting To Stadium mk

Milton Keynes is a commuter town just outside London, so getting there is reasonably easy. Here are some of the more typical options you’ll want to consider:

Train - Bletchley Station is about thirty minutes walk from the ground, whilst Milton Keynes Railway Station is more like 45 minutes away. Fenny Stratford Station is the closest, though, at about 20 minutes walk.

Bus - Arriva service 1 runs from the centre of town to the ground.

Car - Whether you’re coming from the North or South take the M1 and exit at Junction 14 before taking the H6 then the V11. Take the A421 then follow the signs.

By Air - Nearby London is served by a vast amount of airports, with London Luton Airport being the closest to the town of Milton Keynes.

Taxi - It will cost you about £13 to get a taxi from Milton Keynes central to Stadium mk, taking just under ten minutes if the traffic’s favourable.

Parking Near Stadium mk

There is limited parking at the ground itself and you can pre-book spaces through the club. There are other car parks near to the stadium, though, so don’t be put off if the official one is full.

Useful Resources

Stadium mk Hotels

London is not far away if you fancy the bright lights of the big city, but Milton Keynes itself had a number of excellent choices for hotels:

DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes - £60+

Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
What better hotel to stay in before a game than one that is actually part of the stadium itself? The DoubleTree by Hilton has a fitness centre, a business centre and free parking More details.

Hilton Milton Keynes - £80+

Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HL
About two miles from the ground is another Hilton, though not a DoubleTree. It has a 24-hour health club with an indoor pool, a restaurant and a garden. More details.

The White Hart - £100+

1 Gun Lane, Sherington, Newport Pagnell, MK16 9PE
Around seven miles from the stadium is this delightful upscale inn with just four bedrooms, a restaurant, free parking, free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast included in the cost of your stay. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Stadium mk

Milton Keynes might be a reasonably young town full of commuters, but that doesn’t mean it’s short of places to enjoy a drink. There aren’t many near the ground but here are some of our choices in the centre of town and surrounding areas:

Bletchley Working Mens Club

1 Chandos Place, Bletchley MK2 2SQ (01908 377344)
Right near to Bletchley station is this working men’s club that does what it says on the tin. It welcomes away supporters, shows sport on big screens and has a good drinks selection.

Slug & Lettuce

1 Savoy Crescent, Milton Keynes, MK9 3PU (0190 839 5147)
The Slug & Lettuce is a chain pub that does food and standard drinks. They also show a range of live sports on the big screen.

MK11 Sports Bar

Keller Close, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, MK11 3LH (0190 826 2924)
MK11 Sports Bar shows all sorts of live sports and they also do live music. There’s good drinks on offer and a menu, too.

Facilities

Stadium mk is one of the newest grounds in the Football League, so the facilities are excellent. Wide, clean concourses with kiosks and places to buy food and drink are on offer in each stand.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 3.50
  • Cup of tea: 2.00

Hospitality

hallison97photo / Flickr.com

There are a lot of hospitality lounges at the new stadium, with different packages offering different things. ClubPlatinum, for example, serves up a three-course meal, half-time tea and coffee and reserved padding in the Director’s Balcony. ClubBlack offers a two-course meal, half-time refreshments and access to the Man Of The Match presentation.

Private Hire

Stadium mk itself doesn’t advertise private hire opportunities, but the DoubleTree by Hilton is part of the ground and offers numerous event spaces as well as 127 bedrooms.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Tours of Stadium mk last about 45 minutes and cost £5 per person, though the club regularly offer free tours to season ticket holders and the like. They take in all of the usual behind-the-scenes sights such as dressing rooms and the players’ tunnel, but they don’t operate regularly so you’re best getting in touch with the club before you turn up.

About MK Dons

Despite being established as a new town in 1967, Milton Keynes did not have a club to represent it until the disbanded and reformed Wimbledon moved there and rebranded themselves as the MK Dons in 2004. Their first season in the Football League ended in a close escape when they avoided relegation thanks to a ten point deduction issued to Wrexham after they went into administration.

During their short existence they have enjoyed a modicum of success. In 2008 they did something of a lower league double; winning the League Two championship at the same time as they won the Football League Trophy. They have also enjoyed a bizarre connection with Chelsea Football Club. The Blues put together a select XI to play against the Dons in the first match at Stadium mk, with the West London club’s first team also bringing the ground its highest attendance to date when the two teams met in the FA Cup in 2016.

Stadium mk History

Denbigh Stadium under Construction 2006 - Mr Biz [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stadium has a two-tiered bowl style, though when it was first built only the lower tier was added as it was felt the local fanbase might not be able to fill the ground. The upper tier has been added since, of course. The stadium was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2007.

A stadium for Milton Keynes was initially the idea of a business consortium including both IKEA and Asda, with the megastores realising that they might not be able to persuade the local council to allow them to build a new out of town shopping centre unless they gave them something in return - thus a large stadium and sports arena were thought of as the perfect offering.

Future Developments

Having been built in 2007 and expanded in 2012, it’s unlikely that there will be much redevelopment of the stadium in the near future.

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